Australia Day

26 January 2015

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Cindy Pan

Dr Cindy Pan MBBS, FRACGP is a medical practitioner, best-selling author, television presenter and media spokesperson.

She has had many years experience working in general practice as well as sexual health and women’s medicine and she has lectured, spoken and written extensively about health, lifestyle and relationship issues. 

She is the author of the best-selling "Pandora's Box - lifting the lid on life’s little nasties" (HarperCollins), a humorous, information-packed book on health, relationships, sex and drugs, as well as "Playing Hard to Get" (HarperCollins), a light-hearted guide to keeping relationships playful, rewarding and fun. Her most recent book, 'Headstarts - 100 tips for raising clever, confident, creative kids' was published by Allen and Unwin in 2011 and will soon be published in Saudi Arabia.

She writes for newspapers and magazines in Australia and Asia, including a weekly health column in "Body and Soul" for Sunday papers all over Australia(‘The Sunday Telegraph’, 'The Sunday Herald Sun', 'Sunday Mail' and 'The Sunday Times') and has a regular column on relationships in "Cleo" magazine in Asia.

She has appeared on a whole host of television shows including "Q and A", "The Glasshouse", "Sunrise", "The Morning Show", "Today Show", "Mums and Bubs", "The Panel", "Beauty and the Beast", "Joker Poker", "The Super Debates", "Hole in the Wall", "Good Morning Australia" and "Children of the Dragon" (an ABC/BBC miniseries). She was the subject of a television documentary "The Ties that Bind" in which she and her mother travelled to China in search of their roots.

Cindy was a Trustee on the Board of the Australian Museum from 2002 to 2010. She has been an Aus-aid Ambassador and she has been the Official Ambassador for Chinese New Year for the City of Sydney since 2000.

Cindy is an Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia) and she is an Ambassador for Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is also an Ambassador for Northcott Disability Services, SISTER2sister (a mentoring program for disadvantaged girls), the Salvation Army and The Australian Red Cross Blood Bank. Cindy is also on the Diversity Board, chaired by Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner at Allens Arthur Robinson.

Cindy was honoured to be invited to be Medical Ambassador for the National Women’s Research Register which was launched in 2010. She is also proud to be an Ambassador and founding coalition board member for Plan International Australia’s "Because I am a Girl Coalition for Investment in Girls", joining Cherie Blair, Hilary Clinton, Australian Governor General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Nelson Mandela’s wife and women’s rights advocate Graca Machel and managing director of the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in raising awareness about the plight of girls in developing countries and the need to break the inter-generational poverty cycle and oppose exploitation of young women.

Her website is